Friday, 8 July 2016

How to be a snazzy pen pal + giveaway update

Snail mail is honestly one of life's simplest pleasures. Nothing can beat hearing the clattering of the letterbox and knowing that amongst the electricity bills, bank statements and charity collection bags there is a gem waiting to be opened. A handwritten letter that is.
Write often and stick to it. Snail mail gets it's name from the fact that it can take ages to arrive (especially abroad!) but don't let that disparage you. When I receive my reply I try my best to respond and get posted in a week at the maximum. This way neither of you will be waiting very long and the quicker you get posted the quicker (hopefully) it will arrive. Win win.

Don't be afraid to ramble! Honestly, snail mail is that one opportunity where you can write everything on your mind and know that the receiver will be thrilled that you've taken the time to write at such length. Leading on from this, make sure to ask lots of questions for them to answer too. It's rather hard to respond to two pages worth of what YOU did over summer haha.

Use colours and differentiate between them. This part is my favourite because it means you can make your letter look snazzy and colour code each paragraph with a different hue. You can also, if you choose, write on funky note paper or decorate it yourself with stickers and washi tape. Let your creativity go free and don't worry about blinding the receiver; it's all about the aesthetics! Oh and glitter bombing your friend's house is always a good move.

This comes down to personal preference but I always like to include the date. People usually keep letters a long time so it's nice to include a date so that they know when it was written.

Finally, another personal touch is to include little gifts and snippets of you. It doesn't always have to cost money either! You can send them anything that will fit in the envelope but be aware of weight restrictions. Sending coins is a great idea, especially if your pen pal lives abroad but be warned that it will cost you extra. Previously I have both sent and received coins, polaroid prints, drawings, sheets of stickers and receipts or used tickets from something I/they've enjoyed doing. 

After randomly drawing a name from a hat the winner is.....Rosie! 

Congratulations! Please contact me with your details when you're able.
Wishing you all heath and happiness,
Marti xx

20 comments:

  1. hehe, I spotted one of my letters in those photos! I love getting letters - it's so special. Yours are always so lovely to read & I've written your reply! Also, I'm really sorry for glitter bombing your house, hahaha! Well done, Rosie!xx

    bethmay75.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Indeed! I love receiving your letters Beth and good job I love sparkles :)

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  2. I'd never know what to say if I wrote to someone... cause who would really care about what I do with my time and that.
    Another awesome post Marti, really enjoyed reading it

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    1. Thank you very much Bailey, although you don't need to write about what you do with your time though, you could write about how you're feeling or whats on your mind. Still not selling it am I haha.

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  3. I really love the whole idea of penpals but I haven't got one :(, I might start sending letters to my friends xx
    blossomofhope.blogspot.com

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    1. There are loads of sites you can join to find one! Or you could get to know other bloggers and take things from there :) Thanks for the lovely comment x

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  4. I wish I could write to you, dude. Maybe I'll send you a letter marked 'Marti's door, top of the stairs. No, not those stairs...'. Possibly my favourite blog post yet, kiddo. YOU SHOULD DO ONE ABOUT PENS AND STATIONERY. Take photos at the shop and quote prices and stuff and do a review of products. xxxxxx

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    1. I TOTALLY SHOULD! Thanks dude! xxxxx

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  5. Such a groovy post! I love all the photos and tips, thanks for including pictures of all my letters, plus THANKYOU so much about the giveaway xxx

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    1. IT'S MY PLEASURE! Haha, can't wait to mail it to you :)

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  6. Also I can spy some new zealand coins there! x

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    1. I spy them too! Wonder how they got there xD

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  7. So cute! I love it x
    Morgan | www.justmorgs.com

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  8. it makes me sad that penpals are a dying past time, there is something so great about sitting down and writing someone a handwritten letter. But i makes me happy for those who keep going with it <3 great post!

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    1. Same here! I hope it carries on through the next generation x

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  9. I love snail mail! Especially when you can be creative and use lots of colours and decoration. I used to have a Pen Pal back in the day...we had so much fun together! To this day, we still keep in touch thru Facebook and Instagram. We've never met in real life, but I feel as though I have!

    -Lor // acozyspace.org

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    1. Yes, I get that exact feeling. I can't wait to meet mine :)

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  10. This is such a lovely post! I really enjoy writing to my friends as it's fun and like you've done very well you can jazz it up!! Lily xx

    meetmeinmelford.blogspot.com

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